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Association Ensemble Mandolinistico Estense

The Ensemble Mandolinistico Estense was founded in Modena, Italy in 1997 with the intent to offer once again the rich and important tradition of music composed for plucked string instruments to modern audiences.  This repertoire was cultivated in this city throughout the 20th century, thanks largely to important contributions made by such local musicians as Romolo Ferrari and Primo Silvestri.  The Ensemble's members come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and many of them have made important contributions to this city's musical life for decades.

The aims of the Association are principally to encourage and to develop musical life in general, with particular attention naturally given to the repertoire for plucked string instruments, and to the organization and promotion of concerts as well as teaching and recreational activities.

The desire to create and maintain a true orchestra of plucked string instruments has involved many of it's members in an intense program of instruction in all of the instruments present in the Ensemble, and many of the students of these courses have been regularly active as members of the Ensemble.

In recent years the Ensemble has offered numerous and varied concert programs ranging from classical music written specifically for the Ensemble's instrumental forces (the Ensemble's principal repertoire) to transcriptions of classical pieces written for other instruments, with particular emphasis on the "classic" Neapolitan songs of the late 19th-early 20th century, music of fundamental importance for the Ensemble's repertoire.